What is Software Engineering?
Software engineers focus on applying the principles of engineering to software development.
Their role includes analyzing and modifying existing software as well as designing, constructing, and testing end-user applications that meet user needs — all through software programming languages. The role also focuses on the complex and large software systems that make up the core systems for our organization.
There are many roles under the umbrella of software engineering, but the two main ones are Applications Software Developer and Systems Software Developer. Software engineers also tend to specialize in specific areas including databases, cloud, or operating systems such as iOS and Android.
The software engineer job description starts with background requirements. Candidates will need a bachelor’s degree in software, math, or science. Applicants would also be expected to have broad experience with computer systems and applications such as C++ or Java.
Depending on the specific scope of the role, the skills required will vary, but we will look for candidates who can offer strategic problem solving, strong analytical skills, collaboration, adaptability, a willingness to learn, innovation, and communication.
Roles and Responsibilities
These responsibilities can be separated into different categories, including:
- Software development, modeling, simulation, testing, and quality assurance.
- Object-oriented design.
- Analysis of user requirements, software, and code.
- Completing systems risk and reliability analysis.
- Object-oriented analysis.
- Monitoring systems performance.
- Perform maintenance and software integrations for existing systems.
- Maintain or exceed compliance with industry standards.
- Application development for the full lifecycle of software.
- Identify and assess new technologies prior to implementation.
Planning and Project Management
- Developing and executing project plans.
- Creating technical specifications.